You may or may not have heard about the MSM and gout connection, but MSM is being used for many conditions. Many of them are conditions that affect the joints much like gout does. MSM stands for Methyl Sulfonyl Methane – a natural sulfur compound. Though this is much like traditional sulfur, you will be glad to know that the smell normally associated with sulfur is not present when you use this is a natural remedy for gout. There are on-going studies on this treatment, but it is safe to try for the most part and usually inexpensive.
What MSM and gout have in common are your joints and connective tissues. This substance is works to aid the body in building or repairing many essential proteins and some collagen that keeps skin and tissues supple and joints moving. It helps with the overall health of your joints, tendons and other similar tissues in the body.
At the same time, it can help with more than gout. MSM can aid in vitamin absorption, and you may find additional benefits are strong and healthy nails and hair. You may even find that taking it as recommended will help give your immune system a small boost. MSM also helps to reduce inflammation and pain and aids the liver in processing toxins.
MSM is often found in some of the foods that we eat, though in rather small doses. It comes in food items like milk, which probably has the highest amounts of MSN of all food sources. It is also in some meats and fish, and many fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of this is lost when the foods are cooked, so meats might fall off the list as a possible source of MSM, especially if you’re currently avoiding high purine foods. Thankfully, MSM is also available as a supplement in powered form, which you can add to drinks, or in capsule form that you can take like a pill. Alternatively, there are creams you can purchase that contain MSM, which can be applied to the effected joints.
When thinking of MSM and gout relief, you have to think in the long term. It is generally recommended to start out small with dosages that gradually increase. As with most natural supplements it can take a few weeks or months for levels to build up in the system properly to have the right effect. As far as supplements go, this might be one of the safest, but that does not mean you should take more than recommended. You should always talk with your doctor about what you are going to try so that they can give you some pointers, and even help you monitor the progress you may or may not be making.